HC Deb 30 May 1934 vol 290 cc159-60

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the present position with regard to arrangements for transferring the Assyrians to Brazil or elsewhere?


According to a report submitted to the Council of the League on the 17th May by its Assyrian Committee, the mission which visited Brazil to investigate the scheme for the settlement of the Assyrians in Parana reported favourably on that scheme. The committee pointed out to the Council, however, that the transfer of so large a population raised problems more difficult than was generally realised; that it was too early therefore to express an opinion whether the scheme for settlement in Brazil could be put into effect; and that the next step would be to enter into detailed negotiations with the Brazilian Government in the hope of working out a plan acceptable to that Government. The committee is to meet again in Geneva this week to consider the matter further.